The second of three preliminary rounds for the Quebec-Bred Series takes place at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday and a real harness racing slugfest is setting up within the older trotting mare division.
The series is for Quebec bred four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. There are three weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, June 7 for their respective $35,000 finals.
Sunday’s eight race for trotting mares pits two return winners from last week’s opening round, Canbec Kangourou and La Neuvilleoise.
Canbec Kangourou is the 5/2 morning line favorite and starts from post six for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Last week the four-year-old daughter of Amigo Hall scored her first win of the 2014 season, leading from start to finish in a lifetime best clocking of 2:01.2 for owner/trainer Daniel Martin of Quebec City. He co-owns Canbec Kangourou with Michel Damphousse.
Also a winner last week is La Neuvilloise, the 3-1 second choice in the race and she starts alongside Canbec Kangourou in post five. The five-year-old mare by Capote Hall also wired the field last week for her first win in two starts this year for owner/trainer Noel Ferland of Neuville, who also bred the mare.
Other contenders include Mathers Promise, Green Tea Cybele and Eminente.
Niceandup, who lit up the tote board last week in scoring an upset win at odds of 62-1, will seek to prove that her victory last week was not a fluke. She starts from post two in the sixth race pace for older mares in the series. She will be driven by Steeven Genois for breeder/owner Guy Boulianna of Malbaie, QC and last week posted her first win in six starts this year with a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.2.
Her main rival will be Racey Miss, who starts from the rail for driver Marcel Barreau. Racey Miss was a close second last week to Lady Valentine and is the 5/2 favorite in the race. Also entered are Lugano, My tallia Ideal, Ulla Bayama, Bella Mster and Impressive Daly.
After four days of racing for the new meet at the Hippodrome 3R, the average price per winning horse is still one of the highest in North America at $13.30. The percentage of winning favorites is still low on a national average at 29.2%.
From the Quebec Jockey Club